Rev. Kenneth D. Peterkin, Pastor
Rev. Ken Peterkin served three prior churches and comes to EUCC from The First Congregational Church UCC in Essex, CT, where he served more than 17 years, from July 2004 to November 2021. He navigated that church through replacing a slate roof, installing solar, refurbishing their sanctuary and parlor, moving with them through Open and Affirming and beyond, and is most proud of his accomplishment of turning the hearts and minds of the members from always looking inward at themselves, to caring for the self and becoming the premier church at feeding area people in need throughout the year, not only at holiday times.
He met his wife, Rev. Suzanne Personette at seminary – The Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. They married in 1995 the night before her graduation. In their first year of marriage Rev. Suzanne was called to serve a church in Indianapolis and Rev. Ken finished his final year at PSR. Rev. Ken was then ordained in 1998. Revs. Ken and Suzanne have a son Abraham (Abe), who expects to graduate from Bryant University in Rhode Island with a degree in Digital Marketing.
Rev. Ken is the chief cook and bottle washer at home and does not apologize for being an alumni and fan of Ohio State! He does have an open mind however and will enjoy cheering for your team (only not when they play OSU!). Rev. Ken would like to golf more but is occasionally hobbled by some arthritis in his knees and a tricky disc in his back.
“Life is not easy, and my hope is to acknowledge the struggle in everyone to maintain a healthy self-image and healthy habits. To do that I believe God loves everyone the same and wants me and those who I guide to support, affirm, and include all people within God’s realm. This is one of the 'not easy' parts of life – not dismissing or demeaning others. I pray that we at Emmanuel, including myself, will employ a renewed sense of patience and intentional effort to peer into the eyes of every person and remember that we all were once defenseless infants in need of others. Perhaps with such a thought, we can once again see with delight the beauty and tenderness needed by one and all.”
Don Horneff, Organist and Director of Music
Don is a versatile musician on organ, piano, harpsichord and Clavinova and enjoys playing many styles of music. Don grew up in Cherry Hill, N.J., where his family promoted music. He received a degree in music education at Elizabethtown College and taught instrumental music in Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools. He also performed for 17 years in a variety of musical settings throughout the mid-Atlantic region with Music by Just Us. He was also a recording artist for PianoDisc. In 1981, he began operating a piano tuning and rebuilding service which he continues to maintain in Maryland and Pennsylvania. From 1991 to 2019, Don was a member of the music faculty at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., teaching piano lab, harpsichord, electronic music (MIDI), and brass pedagogy. Don performs frequently with Chamber Music on the Hill in residence at McDaniel College, and regularly joins David Kreider in selections for two pianos. Don is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).
Jamie Brown, Choir Director
Jamie Brown found joy in most aspects of music coursework at York College—music theory, pedagogy, music history, instrumental and choral conducting and music analysis—but conducting became her passion. Building a career in the classroom beginning in 2002, Jamie has experienced challenge and success. As an instrumental and vocal music teacher in Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools, Jamie has worked with different ages and grade levels of students—elementary, middle and high school. Currently a music teacher at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown, Md., Jamie is often reminded of what it takes to "grow a musician." She values her role in facilitating growth and she gives ownership in the final performance. Jamie likes the feeling of producing music from notes on paper—bringing voices together in harmony to make full sounds. In December, Jamie directs the community orchestra for the Annual Carol Sing at Emmanuel. In March 2012, she was guest conductor of the Hanover Symphony Orchestra for "A Night at the Carnival." In June 2014, she conducted the choir at the Penn Central Conference annual meeting in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Sandy Topper and
2022 CONSISTORY OFFICERS
Vice President--Alec Sivel
Megan Alcott, Chuck Bauer, Andy Crone, Cheryl Fritz,
Laura Kemp, Judy Morris, Charlotte Pinette